Ericsson’s 2021 5G forecast a question of definition

Ericsson has said there will be 150 million 5G subscriptions by 2021 – a large number for the industry to have achieved just a year after standards-compliant 5G networks are expected to be launched commercially. On the face of it – that looks like a massive success for 5G. Ericsson seems to think so too, as it makes it the lead stat on Ericsson’s publicity for the report. Consider that there are even now “only” 850 million LTE subscriptions, fully six…

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Fisking Frost & Sullivan’s 5G Cars release

The thorny question of what 5G will be has been a hot topic for years now. However, in all the definitions, we haven’t seen many as, well, limited(?) as this press release from Frost & Sullivan. It seems the analyst has produced a report called The Global Advent of 5G in Cars. Not having stumped up the $6,500 for this report, Inside5G will not pass judgement on the actual report, but the press release advertising the report doesn’t instil confidence. Let’s…

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Busy Calendar for 5G – more events added

As talk of 5G gathers pace, the conference planners are getting in on the act.  A clutch of events are scheduled for the first half of 2015: here’s your guide to what is happening where, and when. Organisers seem to want to move the concept of 5G on from its academic stages to something more tangible for the industry. The majority of focus seems to be based on the basics – namely, is there a great enough need for 5G and,…

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5G Slideshow Provides Useful Handbook

Zahid Ghadialy, of ExplanoTech, has shared his presentation from the recent Cambridge Wireless event – providing an overview of 5G research directions. The presentation offers a wide-ranging collection of vendor and industry output and thoughts so far on 5G use cases, spectrum use, timelines and technology.  Note the ‘conflicting views’ on show, as well as the masses of competitors in ‘the race to be first’ to every aspect of 5G. Check it out below: 5G: A 2020 Vision from Zahid Ghadialy Follow us…

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Trendspotting: Giving Tech A 5G Rebadge

The announcement regarding the commercialisation of eICIC from SK Telecom and Nokia Networks seems to have worked in promoting the pair as pathfinders in 5G. The news is being reported as laying ‘groundwork for 5G commercialisation’. In fact, eICIC is a feature defined squarely within LTE-A specifications. You may well also need it to successfully manage heteregenous networks which include 5G networks as part of the mix. But eICIC as 5G? The companies claim that by bringing eICIC to market,…

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Announcing Inside 5G

Making sense of the 5G hype… What is this blog? It’s an up to date, live repository for information, links, comment, opinion and news related to the development and discussion of 5G and supporting technologies. Why now? Well, it’s that time – we can ignore it no more. 5G is a thing even if it is not an actual “thing” in network definition terms. There are vendor white papers, conferences, even press releases name-checking 5G, not to mention a plethora…

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5G Global Conference Liveblog Day One

Keith Dyer was at the 5G Global Conference in Berlin, bringing live updates. Relive the day here. 

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Can we please not sell 5G till we’ve shifted all our 4G kit?

Come on people. Stop calling everything 5G, it’s ridonkulous. The race to label everything 5G is silly because it doesn’t even exist yet and in any case even if there is 5G it will involve a stop-off at 4.5G, which is handy because we have lots of 4.5 technology to sell. I mean, by all means go ahead and sell your gear just don’t call it 5G. Still, just as well Alcatel-Lucent is taking this realistic position on 5G. One could…

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